Ivorian Prosecutor to Quiz Simone Gbagbo
“I will travel to Odienné Sunday to begin questioning Simone Gbagbo” State prosecutor Simplice Kouame Koffi told reporters as he emerged from the villa in the northern town of Korhogo, where Laurent Gbagbo is under house arrest.
Simplice Koffi questioned the ousted president in the absence of his lawyers. So may be the case of his wife Simone Ehivet Sunday held in the neighboring northwest city of Odienne. She was a key figure in her husband's regime.
The couple’s French Lawyers Friday were turned back at Abidjan airport after they flew in to help defend their clients. Officials told them they did not have valid visas. "The presence of lawyers, while it is desirable, is not obligatory." Prosecutor Koffi has reportedly said
Gbagbo and his entourage are being investigated over their alleged role in the violence that followed the election last November of his rival Alassane Ouattara as president, a conflict that cost an estimated 3,000 lives.Tweet